Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On the needles

Inspired to make my own by welfordpurls. Yarn spun and dyed by Christine. That's some perfect comfort knitting.
Pattern: cosy (me).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Not a Pixie hat

This was a very last minute Xmas gift for my niece. I tried a Pixie hat, but that turned out on the small side for a five-month-old, so I quickly had to decide on another fast project. This was the first time that I used this pattern, but surely won't be the last.
The buttons were sourced from my stash, which makes me very happy. So much so that I want to go "beh, see?!" to those who don't have one.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hello New Year

Let's pretend I have never been away in the first place and resume the blogging. Well obviously there are quite a few finished objects that I could show you, but 2014 was not about getting my FOs  photographed.
One cardigan that I want to show is my black cardigan, knit in Skeinny Dipping Cannonball Sock according to a custom fit pattern. I managed to find the right buttons in my stash and I even added a sheep button purely for decorative reasons as per suggestion of a friend. A close up shot of that will follow.
I enjoyed a custom fit pattern a lot. It was a relief knitting to my own chosen gauge without having to worry if I really got it right. This is a plain cardigan, with a seed stitch border, but that's what a staple item is about. I have already been wearing this a lot and this reminds me to return to my Caulfield cardigan and to rework the neckline so that it also buttons up.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Yarn ice

That's what happens to the ice cream shops in winter...

The yarn takes over!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

totally doable

Apparently a pair of plain socks in a week is a completely achievable goal. All it takes are a few evenings dedicated to knitting.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bandana cowls for the twins

A quick shot of the two bandana cowls that I finished yesterday. December is so fastly paced that I might not get another shot before these are given away.
My friend with twin girls always admired my daughter's bandana cowl. And as we were trading some kids things, she asked if I would knit bandana cowls for her daughters. I did. Now let's hope the little ones like them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

who am I to disagree

A well-known armchair by a Swedish furniture place has a matching footstool. And there's even a kiddo version of that popular armchair that my daughter owns. Well, lately she was complaining how she had no stool to put her feet up. And since the Swedes do not have a kiddo version for that  (because let's face it - how many three-year-olds want to put their feet up and just sit and relax?), I decided I could knit one.

It was done in one afternoon, the only problem left was to find the right materials to stuff it with. After much thought and research, I went with duvets of which I needed three from the same well-known Swedish place.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

in progress

I've been good - I swatched, multiple times. Blocked, checked for gauge and then cast on. Reine in BT longjohns colourway. This yarn is sportweight or dk in my books and I would much rather see it knitted at a loose gauge (like 18sts to 4"/10cm), but I won't argue with those who know before I've seen a finished project myself.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

cleaning up

I just cleaned up my Ravelry queue, deleting many items that I had in there with no specific yarn/ recipient on my mind. The two projects which were meant for me that I decided to let go were Sixareen Cape and About Town skirt.

© Kate Davies
I love Kate's designs but I have yet to knit one myself. And whereas I love the thought of this cape, I have to admit that I am not excited about the colour choices and the fair isle pattern itself. Kind of late to come to realize this, since I got the pattern with the kit. The yarn is lovely, though, and I am sure I will find other use for it.

© Carolina Gongora
Now this skirt, I have already started knitting once, but for now I just give up. The instructions are not clear enough, I don't seem to get any help on this. Oh well, you get what you pay for. That's a lesson for me to better pay more for the patterns to get better quality and support when needed.

My queue is down to 26 items, but I know I can do even better.

Monday, March 10, 2014

the start into 2014

I’ve written this post over and over, and no, it’s not a good-bye. I miss this space, but the time is scarce and I hardly get to sit down and write it all down, the way I want it, without interruption, without my thoughts wandering off only to come back and write it all fast without a coherent how did we get here.

Lagamta and all that’s attached to it is taking up most of my time. Fb, Pinterest, Twitter, all need their time and I haven't been much of an online person until now apart from Ravelry, my Feedly reader and this blog. I'm joining the conversations out there more and more these days, which felt unnatural first, for an introvert like me.

Yes, I'm happiest alone or with those closest to me. Give me some yarn, a good book, some good tv series, and the time will fly without me missing anyone for days and weeks. I have my little family and I treasure our times together, this is a tough and demanding time to be a parent, but I know that we’ll cherish these memories once our daughter is grown. And our knees might hurt this evening from having played tigers, lions, wolves and cats for all afternoon, but we will never regret having spent time with each other.

The new year has started and I also want to review 2013. Fairisle did not happen. In fact, it was a fail. I started Ursula cardigan with such a joy, all my attention was consumed by it. I already envisaged how I was going to wear it, I adore the design, the wool, it seemed a perfect match. What I did not consider, was that this wasn’t a pattern for my body. With no shaping, it’d have turned to be a nice embroidered sack. I tried putting in some waist shaping, but it was not working. In short, I haven’t touched this project in months. I cannot bear the thought of ripping it out, but that’s what’ll have to be.

So what's in for 2014? I decided I'll go from Amy to Stephen and back. If I want an item that should fit, I'll turn to Amy's designs and especially her custom fit website. If, however, I want a crazy item without thinking about fit or future wearing/not wearing of the clothing piece, I will turn to Stephen West and alike designs that have no intention of having to fit.

Again, some random numbers "at the start of the year":
- 185 Rav projects, 38 finished in 2013, which might be wrong as I did not care to double-check it twice.
- 45 items queued, yes, I cleaned up the queue, 2 items have made it into queue in 2014 already.
- no new chocolate cake recipes learnt last year, I know now how to make a fool-proof Flammkuchen.